It’s no secret that there’s no love lost between former UFC light heavyweight champions Rashad Evans and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
The two share a heated rival which came to a head when they met last year in the main event of UFC 114. Personal feelings aside, when Evans put on his analyst’s hat to breakdown this weekend’s UFC 130 main event between Jackson and Matt Hamill, he has a hard time picking against his rival.
Evans broke down the fight as he sees it to ESPN.com.
“I love Hamill. I like the way he fights and I like his story,” Evans said. “But I think Rampage should get it done. It all depends though. I haven’t heard anything out of his camp, as far as how he’s mentally doing. Rampage is all mind. Sometimes if he goes in there and his mind isn’t right, it’s almost like he throws a tantrum just by not fighting the way he can. If he goes in there with his mind right, I think Rampage will win the fight.”
“Suga” hinted that the MMA world may very well see a vintage performance from Jackson, similar to his first round dismantling of Wanderlei Silva, which came in 2008.
“Last time he was real quiet before a fight was when he fought Wanderlei Silva, and it didn’t turn out well for Wanderlei,” Evans said. “Looks like he might be focused for this one.”
Jackson and Hamill meet at UFC 130 this Saturday, which goes down at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.